Gurmar – The Sugar Destroyer
Gurmar is one of the most prevalent ayurvedic herbs for diabetes. Also known as Shardunika the name Gurmar translates to ‘destroyer of sugar’ and thereby suggestive of its properties as being an effective herb for balancing blood sugar levels. It can increase the light, air and space qualities in the body and so its use must be carefully monitored, particularly in cases of hypoglycemia and heart conditions, as it can also stimulate the heart. Despite having strong diuretic, antidiabetic and hypocholesterolemic properties it is a rejuvenative herb which is effective in reducing the hot, sharp, liquid and heavy qualities in the body.

Properties:
Gurmar is a light, dry herb and has a bitter and astringent taste with a cooling effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is pungent and it works efficiently on the digestive, circulatory and urinary systems.

Some indications, amongst others, include:
·        Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
·        Weak metabolism
·        Weight gain
·        High cholesterol
·        Amenorrhea
·        General debility
·        Glandular swelling
·        Splenic enlargement
·        Hepatitis

Word Of Caution: 
It is important to be aware of the contraindications of gurmar. As it works as a hypoglycemic herb, patients that are on diabetic medication should use gurmar under the guidance of a medical doctor and practitioner. Patients with heart conditions should also practice caution as Gurmar stimulates the heart. Always seek the advice of your primary care physician before considering any new regimen.

Usage:
There are some combination compounds that involve Gurmar to enhance its effectiveness. Some being:
·        Gurmar , kutki and gokshura for balancing blood sugar levels and clearing excess water in the body
·        Gurmar, turmeric, fenugreek, bitter gourd and black pepper also for regulation of blood sugar levels
·        Gurmar and shilajit for building energy in diabetic cases

References:
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies.
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers’ handbook a home manual
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies

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